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  Oct 23, 2017
 
 
    
2017/2018

Criminal Justice-Law Enforcement


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Associate in Applied Science (081)

This program prepares students for careers in law enforcement agencies such as municipal police departments, county sheriffs’ departments, state police and private security concerns. The program includes general education courses and provides an emphasis on criminal justice courses and supportive social science courses.

Nature of Work and Employment

Law enforcement majors pursue careers as municipal police officers, sheriffs’ deputies, state troopers and private security guards. The job market in law enforcement is closely tied to legislation to fund it. If funding of tax supported law enforcement does not meet society’s demand for law enforcement, growth will occur in the market for trained personnel in private security.

Special Considerations

Law enforcement students should cultivate their communications skills. Much of effective law enforcement is based on the communication skills of arresting officers. Students should also be aware of the strength and agility standards required of applicants by law enforcement agencies in Illinois. The College offers a wide range of physical education courses and a super circuit fitness center for those who are concerned about meeting these requirements. Younger students should seriously consider studying for a bachelor’s degree as the job market for law enforcement majors is competitive. Previous criminal record and felony convictions can negatively impact the opportunity to gain employment in the field.

Program Contacts at Sauk Valley Community College
Academic Advising, 815/835-6354;
Daniel McCollum, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, 815/835-6256.

Major Field Requirements - Sem/Hrs: 30


  •  CJS Elective-CJS 250 Recommended 3 Semester hour(s)

Criminal Justice Core Courses - Sem/Hrs: 15


General Education Requirements - Sem/Hrs: 18


  • Communications (ENG 101, 111 or 103 required) 6 Semester hour(s)
  • Humanities/Fine Arts 3 Semester hour(s)
  • Social/Behavioral Science (SOC 111 required) 3 Semester hour(s)
  • Physical/Life Science 3 Semester hour(s)
  • Mathematics (MAT 106 or higher required) 3 Semester hour(s)

SVCC Requirement - Sem/Hrs: 1


Total Hours Required for A.A.S. Degree: 64


Suggested Program


First Semester - Sem/Hrs: 16


  • Mathematics (MAT 106 or higher) 3 Semester hour(s)

Third Semester - Sem/Hrs: 15


  • Humanities/Fine Arts 3 Semester hour(s)

Fourth Semester - Sem/Hrs: 18


  • Physical/Life Science 3 Semester hour(s)

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